The Chatham County Commission is moving forward with establishing an employee health care clinic to improve health and stem rising health care costs.
The commission voted 7-0 Friday to develop a contract, that includes performance guarantees, with Vermont-based Marathon Health to operate the proposed clinic.
The vote, however, is not a final decision on establishing a clinic, which could come to a vote in a month. Commissioners Patrick Farrell and Dean Kicklighter were absent.
A consultant reviewed submitted proposals estimated the county could save $5 million over five years under a plan by Marathon, the county staff’s recommended health care company. Operating costs, including set up expenses, are projected to total $2.9 million over five years.